Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a dermatophytic infection caused by a ringworm fungus, which, as its common name indicates is associated with areas where groups of individuals go about barefooted, including gyms, shower areas, swimming pools, etc. The condition produces itching and cracking discomfort that can lead to greater problems if left untreated, such as bacterial infections. Athlete’s foot thrives in warm, moist conditions, and can spread to areas of the body such as the groin (jock itch), where similar conditions exist. In addition to store bought medications, there are several home remedies that should be considered, commonly used to treat athlete’s foot.
Toe Infected by Athlete's Foot Fungus: Public Domain by Jalkasieni; Wikimedia Commons
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